Best things to do in Melbourne
Essential city info, articles & travel tips from our local hosts
A city of culture, creativity, and excellent coffee, Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s “European enclave” comes as no surprise. But this dynamic metropolis, packed with unique inner-city neighborhoods, sparkling beaches and bays, and an impressive list of things to do, has no comparison. Seaside trams slowly trundle past Art Deco heritage buildings, steel-and-glass skyscrapers hide laneway bars blasting live music, and miles of green parkland host quaint flea markets and festivals. Waves of immigration from Europe and Asia have created a vibrant melting pot of diversity, with an eclectic blend of culture and cuisine proudly on display in ethnic enclaves – you’ll never be far from the authentic Asian, Ethiopian, Indian, and Middle Eastern restaurants that have put the city on Australia’s culinary map. No matter where your city tour takes you, from the bustling CBD to the city’s inner grid (a treasure trove of arcades, alleys, and lanes lined with graffiti and galleries), you’ll be spoilt for things to do.